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Memorial Day & the Red, White and Blue

Posted on: May 26, 2012

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed annually on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Wikipedia

Celebrate America – Celebrate Americans.  Remembering fallen heroes is important and many young children and families know true heroes who are serving now and who have served in American armed forces. Families have suffered the loss of loved ones in the military and remember their heroes always.  We are grateful every day for their strength and courage.

Memorial Day is a hard concept for little children.  They learn about America slowly and start to learn about soldiers first personally then through general information and shared ideas. This knowledge and respect starts with understanding the country that they live in.

How do we start celebrating Memorial Day with young children?

Fly the American flag.  Talk about the flag, touch it and notice the colors, count the stars and stripes.  Make American flags with children; paint or color red stripes on a white field, paint or color a blue corner field, put star stickers on and staple or tape this on a stick or pole.

Memorial Day is the unofficial and accepted start of summer. Have a picnic and provide a hand-made flag for each person that comes. 

Wear Red, White & Blue!  There are many options for red, white & blue clothing.  Be a visible reminder of our country’s colors.  Children start very early to connect visual images to ideas both concrete and abstract.  At your Memorial Day picnic provide an American badge for each person; cut circles of white, paint or color red stripes and blue stars.  Attach a safety-pin.  Let children string beads of red, white and blue for an American necklace.  Decorate caps with fabric paint.

Decorate with red, white & blue.  Balloons, streamers and tablecloths make a statement.  Inexpensive paper products go a long way to help children connect the colors of the flag to a celebration of family.  As they grow up, children will associate this time with America.

Serve red, white & blue.  Jello molds offer a refreshing chance to let children help and talk about the colors.  A fruit salad of strawberries, raspberries, blue berries and concord grapes topped off with whipped cream is delightful.  Serve a flag cake; cake topped with cool whip, strawberry stripes and a field of blueberries creates a delicious summer dessert.

Teach children the Pledge of Allegiance.  Sing and listen to patriotic songs.  Be a role model and create opportunities for children to be involved in the responsibilities of citizenship.

“Children are one-third of America’s population and all of its future”  Ronald Reagan

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

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